Embark on leisurely experiences of South Vietnam's main destinations within an itinerary of 8 days exploring vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, legendary Cu Chi Tunnels, rustic Mekong Delta, and fantastic Mui Ne. Immerse yourself in an underground discovery, a boat trip through floating market, and a ton of activities at great sand dunes
 

Tour Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Mui Ne
Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights
Date: No fixed dates
Start/ End: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)/ Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Type: Landscape, Nature, Culture and beach break
Tour Customizable: Please advise if you have any other requests
Active Level: Motorcycling, walking, boating, farming, beach relax
Tour Type: Vietnam Classic Tours

8-Day Southern Vietnam Extension - Map

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon after Dark by Vespa
Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Lodge
Day 4: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City
Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Mui Ne Beach
Day 6: Mui Ne White Sand Dune & Quad Bike
Day 7: Mui Ne Free Day
Day 8: Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City Departure

Highlights of 8-day South Vietnam Tour

  • A visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels where Vietnamese lived and fought during the American War
  • A Vespa tour to explore the insides of Saigon after dark
  • One night at the Mekong Rustic Lodge with a chance to get closer to the daily life of the local people
  • 3 nights beach relax at Mui Ne beach with Quad bike to explore its White Sand Dune
 
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Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival (D)

On arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, we will be welcomed and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day will be free to recover. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi Tunnels – Saigon Vespa Tour (B, L, D)

This morning, we will visit Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height, the tunnel system stretched over 250 KM from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life during the U.S.-Vietnam American must have been like. We then return to Ho Chi Minh City and have free time at leisure.

cu chi tunnels discovery

In the evening, our Vespa guide will pick us up at the hotel and we start the street food adventure in the back of a Vespa. Our first stop is Café zoom to “watch the world goes by” (quoted by The Lonely Planet) and enjoy cocktail and appetizer before adventuring into favorite local eating spot. Our vintage Vespa scooter takes us to the Chinatown and then heading to District 4 through busy streets and alleys to see the nightlife of locals and enjoy street seafood and cold drinks places that foreigner won’t be found. Leaving District 4 to District 3 the tour pass through downtown District 1 to take in the sights on the way to Banh Xeo (Saigon Special Pancake), specialty of Saigon, and southern food with the locals. Then the tour will continue to a hidden Vietnamese-style coffee shop to have a taste of Vietnamese music (live) as a local. After that, the tour will bring a guest to a lively bar to enjoy the drinks with live music. The tour ends at 10 PM and we will have a good night after a hectic day.

vespa tour after dark in Saigon

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta Lodge (B, L, D)

After breakfast at hotel, we will escape from the lively Ho Chi Minh City and head to Cai Be in the Mekong Delta. On arrival, we visit the Cao Dai Cai Be Temple and Cai Be Cathedral right at the town to understand more about the religious life of Mekong people.

cao dai temple in cai be

We then embark on a tourist boat to visit the island and floating markets of Cai Be, where we will be introduced the local agricultural, marine products and buy the ingredients for our own dinner. Continuing on boat to head to Mekong Lodge in Tan Phong Island, where we will check-in our room for relaxing and having lunch.

In the afternoon, we will take part in local activity of ditch fishing hook, which will bring us a rustic and great experience especially when catching fish on the river for dinner. Back to the Mekong Lodge and join our chefs in the kitchen with Mekong Delta’s special dishes such as elephant ear fish, spring rolls…Overnight in the Mekong Lodge.

Day 4: Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City (B, L, D)

After breakfast, our guide will guide us to explore more Tan Phong Island by bike. We will visit the traditional handicraft workshops of handbags, rice papers along with wooden tables and chairs. Stopping at a local farmer’s house and talking to him to understand how local farmers take care of their gardens, then try plucking the fruits and tasting them.

traditional workshop in mekong delta

The second day tour continues with a visit to the ‘bang’ conical hat (nón bàng) workshop before going back to our lodge to fresh, check out and get back to our boat to transfer us back to the mainland where our car is waiting and take us to hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. In the evening, we will have a Farewell dinner in a nice local restaurant. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Mui Ne Beach (B)

After breakfast at hotel, we will take a 4-hour drive to Mui Ne beach, one of the best beaches in Vietnam with huge rolling dunes, good ranges of hotels and resorts on the beach, plenty of restaurants along the beach roads served Vietnamese and International foods. On arrival at Mui Ne beach, we will check in our hotel and have the rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight in Mui Ne.

mui ne beach in phan thiet

Notes: Transfer will be with driver only

Day 6: Mui Ne White Sand Dunes & Quad Bike (B)

After breakfast, we start our Mui Ne Sand Dune half-day tour. We first visit the Fairy Stream, a nice natural stream in Mui Ne which we should not miss. After that, we visit the White Sand dune. From the top of the huge dune, we can see all of the scenery of Mui Ne. We will also discover the daily activities of the fishing farm.

fairy stream in mui ne

Not only visiting white sand dune, but we will also be fulfilled by the beautiful white sand dune. It is more romantic time for seeing the sunset, slip on the sand. Moreover, in the middle of the white sand dunes, there is Lotus Lake – lotus is one of the famous flowers in Vietnam.

mui ne sand dune quad bike

After that, we will get on our Quad bike (ATV) for a 30-minute ride around the vast dunes from the foot to the top of the dunes. It’s a great fun and exciting way to explore the dunes in a significantly easy-to-use ATV. In the mid-afternoon, we will drive back to our hotel and have free time at beach.

Day 7: Mui Ne Free Day (B)

Free time at the beach!

Day 8: Mui Ne – Ho Chi Minh City Departure (B)

Time will be free until our car arrives at the hotel to take us back to Ho Chi Minh City in good time to connect our departure flight. 8-day South Vietnam Tour ends.

Notes: Transfer will be with driver only

Notes

  • These prices are in US Dollars per person
  • This is a cash price, offline credit cards incur a 2.5% fee, Online credit card incur 3.85% fee
  • Absolutely no hidden charges

Complimentary

  • Free Spa Voucher at Lucas Spa in Hanoi
  • Free use of a Vietnam SIM card with 50-minute International calls to landlines in Australia/UK/USA…

Inclusions

  • Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • English speaking tour guide will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as per detail itinerary
  • Train tickets: Hanoi – Hue in sharing a soft four-berth cabin in Reunification Train
  • Domestic flight tickets: Danang – Ho Chi Minh City including domestic airport taxes
  • Entrance fees & permits (if have)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food. Western food is available (upon request) (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Boat excursions
  • The use of bikes as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottle of drinking water

Exclusions

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Early check-in and Late check-out at hotels
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals which are not indicated above
  • Surcharge and Compulsory dinners (if any)
  • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porter, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.

Notes

  • Please be aware that hotels and all other logistics, services and days of travel are subject to availability. Where flights are canceled or delayed Viet Vision Travel will endeavor to secure alternative arrangements of similar value as noted in our booking conditions.
  • The traveling times mentioned within this dossier are approximations only. These times will vary according to weather, road, traffic or any other prevailing conditions.
  • This itinerary and supplementary information has been compiled in good faith and was accurate at the time of writing. However, it DOES NOT form part of a contract between the client and Viet Vision Travel.

Recommended Hotel List:

City 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars
Ho Chi Minh City Saigon hotel Central Palace hotel Grand Saigon hotel
Mekong Delta Mekong Eco Lodge Mekong Eco Lodge Mekong Eco Lodge
Mui Ne Little Paris resort Sea Horse resort Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa